Maintenance Conference

Together with content focusing on training technologies, best practice and lessons learned that the industry has come to value from the WATS conferences, WATS 2021 will also provide insights into the challenges and hopes for recovery and return to growth. Presentations and moderated discussions led by industry experts will focus on dealing with the challenges that technology, evidence, regulatory environments and our increasing knowledge on human performance are bringing to our industry.

Maintenance Conference

Maintenance Conference Moderator – Dr. Bill Johnson

Day 1 – Tuesday 15th June 2021

0930-1030  Session 1: Opening Remarks & Keynote Address (all conference tracks)
1) Marc Parent, C.M., President and Chief Executive Officer, CAE
2) Brad Thress, President and CEO, FlightSafety International

1030-1115  Coffee

1115-1245  Session 2: The Dynamic Air Sector (all conference tracks)
1) Robert Burke, Group Manager, Training and Simulation Group, FAA
FAA Update
2) Sheri Pippin, Aviation Safety, Air Transportation Division, FAA
Pilot Professional Development Rulemaking

3) Dr. Matt Vance, Professional Pilot Faculty, Oklahoma State University
Undeniable Emerging Trends in Commercial Aviation

1245-1400  Lunch

1400-1530  Session 3: Training Transitions from the Pandemic Experience – Three Perspectives
1) Jenna Tuck, Executive Vice President of Global Business Development, Modest Tree
Recovering Effective Aviation Maintenance Training in a Socially Distanced World

2) D Smith, Aviation Safety Division Manager, US Department of Transportation
Virtual Live Experiences: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
3) Dr. Joel English, Vice President, Aviation Institute of Maintenance
The Anatomy of a School System’s Survival Through the Pandemic

1530-1615  Coffee

1615-1745  Session 4: Training Perspectives
1) Bob Simmons, Director, Baines Simmons Ltd.
Competence vs. Performance – What Skills are Missing?

2) Christopher J. Rospenda, Global Maximo Asset Performance Management Strategy & James E. Seeber, Senior Solutions Engineer, IBM AI Applications
The Connected Technician: Using AI, AR, Advanced Analytics and IoT Data to Empower Your Field Workforce


Day 2 – Wednesday 16th June 2021

0900-1030  Session 5: STEM
1) Jay Logie, Founder and COO, ATG, Aircraft Technologies Group Inc.
Personnel Readiness, Starts in the Community

2) Davidson Nzekwe-Daniel, Founder & CEO, Davidson Initiative Inc.
Building the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals Through Student Engagement

3) Crystal Maguire, Executive Director, Aviation Technicians Education Council
An Update on Aviation Personnel Requirements

1030-1115  Coffee

1115-1245  Session 6 – Industry Viewpoints

1) Keith McGann, Regional Sales Manager – Maintenance, FlightSafety International
2) Ryan Goertzen, VP of Workforce Development, AAR Corporation
3) Bob Ireland, Managing Director of Engineering and Maintenance, Airlines for America (A4A)

1245-1400  Lunch

1400-1530  Session 7: Pressing Maintenance Training Issues
1) Ryan Goertzen, Vice President of Maintenance Workforce Development, AAR Corporation & President, Choose Aerospace
2) Steve Platt, Director, Tech Ops Training, Hawaiian Airlines
A Mix of Methods and Technologies
3) Rhonda Cooper, Chairperson, Airlines for America’s Maintenance Training Network
ATA Specification 104: Guidelines for Aircraft Maintenance Training: The Next Edition

1530-1615  Coffee

1615-1745 Session 8 – Interactive Roundtable: The Hottest Training Issues

An open discussion of some of the most significant issues facing the civil aviation training community today.
Moderated by Captain Paul Preidecker

  • Randy Hamilton, Advisory Council, Professional Aviation Board of Certification
  • Evey Cormican, CEO/Co-Founder, Visionary Training Resources
  • Philip Adrian, CEO, Multi Pilot Simulations
  • Scott Nutter, Owner, Touch & Go Solutions
  • Scott Glaser, PhD, Senior Vice President of Operations, Flight Research, Inc.